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Neonatal deaths rates down but stillbirth on the increase

The good news is, Australia is one of the safest places to give birth, with the overall perinatal mortality rate remaining fairly stable over the last 20 years.

That’s the results of a new report into Australia’s perinatal mortality by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Perinatal mortality is an umbrella term that encapsulates stillborn babies and babies that die within the first four weeks of life.

The bad news is that the stillbirth rate has increased between 1993-2012.


Amy Monk is a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and was the lead author of the report. She speaks to Ellen Leabeater.

Image: JoeandSarah on Flickr.

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